Review: A Discovery of Witches

Genre: Adult Fantasy Medium: Paperback Rating: 4 Stars FROM THE BACK COVER: Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery, so after aContinue reading “Review: A Discovery of Witches”

Review: Siege and Storm

Genre: YA Fantasy Medium: Paperback Rating: 4.5 Stars FROM THE BACK COVER: Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Alina Starkov’s power has grown, but not without a price. She is the Sun Summoner―hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Shadow Fold. But she and Mal can’t outrun their enemies for long. The Darkling isContinue reading “Review: Siege and Storm”

Review: Shadow and Bone

Genre: YA Fantasy Medium: Paperback Rating: 5 Stars FROM THE BACK COVER: Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Orphaned and expendable, Alina Starkov is a soldier who knows she may not survive her first trek across the Shadow Fold―a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. But when her regiment is attacked, Alina unleashes dormant magic not even sheContinue reading “Review: Shadow and Bone”

Review: An Enchantment of Ravens

Genre: YA Fantasy Medium: Hardcover Rating: 3.5/5 Stars FROM THE BACK COVER: A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel. Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk,Continue reading “Review: An Enchantment of Ravens”

Review: Roar

Genre: YA Fantasy Medium: Audible and Kindle Rating: 4.5/5 Stars FROM THE BACK COVER: In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them. Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family inContinue reading “Review: Roar”

Review: The Hundredth Queen

Genre: YA Fantasy Medium: Kindle and Audible Rating: 4/5 Stars FROM THE BACK COVER: He wanted a warrior queen. He got a revolutionary. As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’sContinue reading “Review: The Hundredth Queen”

Review: An Ember in the Ashes

Genre: YA Fantasy Medium: Paperback Rating: 4.5/5 Stars FROM THE BACK COVER: Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free. Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all theyContinue reading “Review: An Ember in the Ashes”

What’s in a Name?

If you, like I, struggle with figuring out how to name your characters, you’re not alone. Naming your main character (MC), as well as secondary characters and especially your story’s protagonist, is a daunting task. Names reveal more than just a relative understanding of personality – they reveal the world in which your story isContinue reading “What’s in a Name?”

Let’s Talk About Adverbs

To put it mildly, agents, editors, and even readers tend to hate adverbs, or at least they hate the overuse of adverbs. So, what is an adverb? Adverbs are words that describe an action. Typically, they end in “ly” (see what I did there?). What are some examples? Let’s use some Game of Thrones referencesContinue reading “Let’s Talk About Adverbs”